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Everyone knows that Downtown Waukesha is historic, charming, and awesome. But did you know that we’re also classy? Our downright delightful downtown is your destination for discovering passions, learning new skills, and turning talent into works of art.

We’ve scouted out some exciting classes happening at our local businesses. Check them out!

The outside of otto's fine art academy.

Get Crafty

Are you ready to explore your creative side? Otto’s Fine Art Academy welcomes artists of all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re just dipping your brush in the ink to see if art is the outlet for you, or looking to expand your portfolio, Otto’s offers drawing, painting, and sculpture classes for ages 5+. Be sure to check out their summer camps, too!

Otto’s Fine Art Academy

Red, pink and purple handwoven scarves.

Calling all cozy crafters! The Lost Art Fiber and Textile Studio offers classes on knitting, yarn dying, basket weaving, and other fiber art projects. And for all you chunky knit blanket lovers, wouldn’t you love to cuddle up with your very own in the cold winter months? Keep an eye out for Polished Patina’s chunky blanket classes!

Lost Art Fiber and Textile Studio

Polished Patina

A floral watercolor painting.

Fisk Avenue is where it’s at for all you DIY-ers. This brick and mortar studio has workshops perfect for groups, couples, and even kids! Create handmade furniture like headboards and coffee tables out of rustic, reclaimed wood. All supplies are included. Just bring yourself and your creativity!

It isn’t a party unless it’s a painting party. Enjoy a fun night out on the town when you sip wine and paint your very own masterpiece at A Stroke of Genius. The studio is open to everyone and available for private parties such as corporate parties, bachelorette parties, birthday parties, really any kind of party. Check out which masterpiece you’d like to recreate when you visit their event calendar.

Fisk Avenue

A Stroke of Genius


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Strum for Fun

As the home of the legendary Les Paul and an official Gibson Guitartown, it’s part of our DNA to provide opportunities for aspiring musicians. Outpost Music is a haven for music aficionados as well as people just starting to explore. They offer music lessons, instrument rentals, repairs, rehearsal, and performance space.

Guitar For Life Studio is another great space for serious guitarists who want to escape traditional lessons and progress in an accelerated program. Students are encouraged to write and perform their own songs, and of course, have fun!

Outpost Music

Guitar for Life Studio


Two people making a pizza together.

For the Love of Food

Do you enjoy getting creative in the kitchen? From private couples’ events to kids’ cooking camps, Chef Pam’s Kitchen is teaching Downtown Waukesha residents and visitors how to dish up delish cuisine. Impress your friends and family at your next dinner party when you learn how to make ravioli, seared duck, Chicago deep dish pizza, and more!

Chocolate bark, fondue, s’mores, truffles—these are just a sample of the delicious desserts you can learn to make at Allô! Chocolat! These classes are tasty and educational, incorporating fun facts and the history of chocolate into each lesson. Plan your next Girl Scout event, birthday party, or team-building exercise at this sweet boutique!

Chef Pam’s Kitchen

Allô! Chocolat


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Be Fit

For people seeking clarity, health, and balance, Dreams Life & Wellness Center provides a supportive space. Dreams offers various dance classes, yoga, Tai Chi, and other wellness courses that promote healing and positive living.

Open to everybody, Reaching Treetops Yoga offers classes in various types of yoga including Asana Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and more. It’s a great way to tone, strengthen, restore balance, and relieve stress.

Dreams Life & Wellness Center

Reaching Treetops Yoga

Two girls climbing a tree together.

Another great way to relieve stress is by climbing trees! Treetop Explorer combines fitness and adventure in their recreational tree climbing courses for kids and adults. Come solo or with friends, and climb your way to greater confidence!

From swim lessons to youth sports leagues and personal training, the Waukesha YMCA offers fitness classes for all levels and interests. When you join the YMCA, you become part of a supportive and energetic community.

Treetop Explorer

Waukesha YMCA

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